2015 Budget

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The 2015 Budget was been approved by the Governing Body on August 18, 2014. The  budget includes allocations for 2015 operating, maintenance and capital expenditures, revenue projections for 2015, and updates to the 2015-2019 Capital Improvements and Maintenance programs. 

The property tax rate for the 2015 budget is 12.837 mills, approximately equal to the previous year's mill levy.  The budget continues the City’s commitment to provide high quality services, with an emphasis in providing additional resources in the areas of public safety, neighborhood preservation and street maintenance.

2015 budget
 Shawnee Mission School DistrictBlue Valley School District  Olathe School District
Home value (not assessed valuation) $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
    
 Mill Levy   
 City12.83712.837 12.837
 County17.76417.764  17.764
 Library 3.157 3.157 3.157
 County Parks and Rec 2.349 2.349 2.349
 School districts   
 Shawnee Mission 55.911  
 Blue Valley 70.141 
 Olathe   67.868

Johnson County
Community College

9.4619.461 9.461
 State 1.500 1.500 1.500
    
 Total mill levy 102.979117.209114.936
 Total property taxes $2,914.65 $3,323.76

 $3,258.41

City's property taxes $369.06 (12.5 percent) $369.06 (11 percent) $369.06 (11.2 percent)

The total budget is $241.5 million, including $112.7 million to fund annual operations. The operations portion of the budget funds the day-to-day operations of the City such as personal services, commodities, contractual services and equipment replacement.

Key components of the 2015 budget include:

  • Additional emphasis on preservation and rehabilitation of city streets.  Funding for street maintenance is proposed to increase from $10.4 million in 2014 to $11.3 million in 2015.
  • The addition of 8.43 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions through the reduction or combination of part-time positions and the addition of new positions. The proposed budget includes a work force of 1,021 employees. Comparatively, the 2009 budget had a FTE of 1,093 employees.
  • Proposed additional full-time positions include:
    • Three paramedic positions in the Fire Department.
    • One dispatch supervisor in the Police Department, as the department moves toward having a supervisor on duty for all shifts during the 24/7 operations.
    • A full-time communications assistant in the City Manager’s Office.
    • A concessions supervisor and a field supervisor at the Overland Park Soccer Complex will be converted from part-time to full-time.
    • Three part-time maintenance worker positions in the Public Works Department will be converted to full-time.
    • A part-time code enforcement officer position will be converted to full-time.
    • A parks facility technician to assist with park maintenance and snow removal operations.

The budget also includes funding for maintenance and capital projects, highlighted in the 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Program.

The budget includes funding for $36.2 million of capital improvement projects scheduled in 2015, including the following improvements:

  • Street and Thoroughfare Improvements:
    • 2015 Neighborhood Street Reconstruction Program
    • Construction of 159th Street and US 69 Highway Interchange
    • 159th Street Widening: Metcalf to Nall
    • Construct Switzer Road:  College Boulevard to Indian Creek Parkway
  • 2015 Storm Drainage Improvement Program

The 2015 recommended budget includes funding for maintenance projects. 

 Street Infrastructure

                      $11,300,000

Traffic Systems Infrastructure

                             500,000

Stormwater Infrastructure

                          1,545,000

Public Building Maintenance

                             500,000

Parks Maintenance

                             775,000

TOTAL

                      $14,620,000